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Excellent product while it lasts
on July 14, 2011
I was afraid to buy this heating pad after reading the negative reviews, but I couldn't find a better option. I was very happy with my purchase for about 18 months. However, after storing the heating pad for a couple of months during the summer, it started having the automatic shutoff problems other reviewers have described when I took it out of storage. Now I have to replace it. The good things about it, while it worked, were that the lowest heat setting is comfortably warm and the highest setting gets nice and hot. I used this item almost every day, so I did get a lot of use out of it. I love that the fabric cover is part of the heating pad--not removable--so it doesn't shift around. The heating pad is very flexible and comfortable and the cord is plenty long. The button for adjusting the heat makes a very loud clicking sound which I found annoying, but it is not a deal breaker. Another problem is that the place where the cord exits the heating pad seemed to often be in the way/uncomfortable when laying on the heating pad with it under my back (also not a deal breaker). Despite the problems, Sunbeam appears to have a near monopoly on the heating pad market, so my replacement pad is going to be a Sunbeam as well. Other brands have poor reviews, too.